In the West, showers are confined to western Washington and isolated Southwestern locations. Elsewhere, warm, dry weather favors summer crop maturation and fieldwork, including winter wheat planting across the interior Northwest and rice harvesting in California.

On the Plains, early-season winter wheat planting continues across northern and southern areas, but showers and thunderstorms are disrupting fieldwork across central portions of the region. On the northern Plains, very warm, dry weather also favors spring wheat harvesting.

In the Corn Belt, corn and soybeans continue their push toward maturity under favorably warm, mostly dry conditions. A few showers ring the Midwest, but dry weather prevails in the heart of the Corn Belt.

In the South, shower activity is increasing in the drought-stricken western Gulf Coast region, improving soil moisture in preparation for the autumn planting season and aiding pastures and rangeland. Elsewhere, mostly dry weather is promoting fieldwork, including harvest activities for crops such as corn and rice.

Outlook: During the next several days, a blocking pattern across the U.S. will result in very slow movement of weather systems. Unsettled, showery weather will continue across the nation’s mid-section, with as much as 2 to 4 inches of rain possible from the southern Plains into the upper Midwest. Rain will continue to increase in coverage and intensity along and near the Gulf Coast, while showers will linger in the Mid-Atlantic region. For the remainder of the week, significantly cooler-than-normal weather will be confined to the Northeast and central and southern portions of the Rockies and Plains. The NWS 6- to 10-day outlook for September 14-18 calls for below-normal temperatures from the central and southern Plains into the Southeast, while warmerthan-normal weather will prevail in the West and across the nation’s northern tier. Meanwhile, above-normal rainfall in the East will contrast with drier-than-normal conditions across the Plains, upper Midwest, and much of the West.

Weather Report: Warm In The Corn Belt, Showers On The Plains